You may recall a time when Trinny Woodall dominated our screens (with her fashion guru sidekick, Susannah Constantine) imparting their styling advice on the nation. Well, now, Trinny is back – this time turning her innovative know-how on to revolutionising the way we wear make-up.
Trinny London is really very clever. It’s essentially a collection of stackable, cream-based formulas, which are personalised online according to your colouring.
The online Match2M service finds the make-up that suits your eye colour, skin and hair tones – meaning that you can choose those perfect colours and shades that naturally fit you.
Start with Just A Touch Foundation – a nifty concealer and foundation in one. This easy-to-apply formula has been intended to cover imperfections, rather than the whole face. It doesn’t smother the skin but, instead, enhances where you need extra coverage and ‘dials up’ skin tone a notch. To find your perfect match, you answer five-step questions as to the colour of your hair, skin tone and hair shade.
My match is Zandy, which works well on peaches & cream skin tones, as well as pale olive (I’d say I am more of the latter). It’s a very good match to my skin colour, especially considering this is chosen online, and has a lightweight, creamy texture that has a ‘blend-able with fingertips’ formula. Best of all, it lasts all day, works to even-out skin tone and masks redness.
For the eyes, the brand’s Eye2Eye pot, has a creamy, sinks-right-in texture. While the pots are small – a little of each product goes a long way. This has a dewy, finish and also a moisturising effect, so skin does not go ‘crepey’. It works with the precision of a powder but with the ease of a cream, letting you smudge, smoke, line, or define. My selected colour, seen here, is Fortune – which is a gorgeous molten copper shade. You can put a swipe on the eyelids for a sheer look for everyday, or build it up for a heavier, statement eye. I’ve also been using liner brush, dipping it in and using it to frame the eyes on an otherwise nude face, for a touch of drama.
Flush Blush for cheeks comes in a choice of four shades. The idea is to give you a healthy ‘flush’ of colour, as if you have just returned from a country walk. My shade is Katrin, which is a dusky-nude shade – think: a combination of dusty rose with a touch of natural fawny-brown. It looks fairly dark before applying but it goes on like a dream, and just gives a light ‘wash’ to the cheeks.
Lip2Cheek is my favourite product. It’s a fab multi-tasker, doubling up as a rouge and lipstick. It makes your lips pop, and your skin glow. This shade – Freddie – is a flattering shade of terracotta, which is lovely and rich and sultry.
The Right Light, meanwhile, is a gorgeous illuminator. Dab it on where the light naturally hits the face – or simply along the cheekbones – for a magical finishing touch. The universal shade, Starlight, give a subtle glimmer (rather than the awful too-white highlighters that are popular) so it looks uber natural.
Cheekbones, meanwhile, is the ultimate sculpting cream. Available in one shade Kate (don’t be put off by its apparent darkness), it is one definitive, universally adaptive contouring shade to define and sculpt the face.
The products can be bought singularly or as a gift box of six – as shown here. They stack up, making them great for travel or for a no-spill make-up bag. These are the sort of products that make you want to go and declutter your existing make-up collection. – throwing most away.
Finally, when you add in the brand’s BFF Cream (the only product that doesn’t stack, but don’t let that put you off), you’ll have the perfect line-up of skin enhancers. The BFF Cream is the first step in the Trinny regime – the idea being to replace all those confusing skin-tints, CC and BB creams, most of us are bewildered by. ‘Best Face Friend…’ it can be worn alone or under foundation, and makes for the ultimate skin perfector. It gives subtly radiant skin – the sort of glow you get when you are really happy, really uplifted by something… a little like the flush of happiness when you discover Trinny London, no doubt.